We are less then a month away until the entire Kings Avenue Team heads to Pennsylvania for the 1st annual Pagoda City Tattoo Festival August 8th, 9th and 10th, presented by Justin Weatherholtz & Joe Johns, taking place in Wyomissing. Wyomissing is conveniently located just outside of Reading, only an hour from Philly and centrally located between Baltimore and New York. This is going to be a must for tattoo fans on the East Coast and worldwide as an opportunity to be tattooed by some of the best in the business.
In other Kings Avenue news, new merchandise is now available in both locations and online which include OG NYC the newest in our line of t-shirts and Mike Rubendall’s latest print “Black Velvet.” Also, do not hesitate to check some of the latest prints from Matt Beckerich, Shaun Nel, Justin Weatherholtz, Frankie Caraccioli and Jason Tyler Grace. These prints can be found on their personal websites (blogs) or linked through instagram. Also, be sure to check out the latest Mike Rubendall write-up on: http://www.tattoo.com/blog/mike-rubendall-kings-avenue-tattoo.
As always thank you for all for your continued support.
“1,000 Pieces of Original Art”
Tattooer and Artist Thom DeVita to stage Bowery
exhibit featuring five decades of artwork
(Newburgh, NY) Today, the 81-year-old tattooer and artist Thom
DeVita announced that on January 10th, 11th, and 12th, he will
participate in “Odd Art,” his second solo art show and sale at
Kings Ave Tattoo in New York City. Within the increasingly diverse
tattoo community, DeVita is consistently held up as an innovator,
responsible for bridging the gap between tattooing’s military- and
biker-influenced “old school” and its stylistically all-encompassing
present iteration. On display for the first time ever will be some
of his earliest known paintings: three watercolor and ink drawings
dating from the late 1950s.
DeVita was born and raised in East Harlem, and began tattooing on
the Lower East Side in 1961, the same year that the New York City
Health Department banned the practice city-wide. He worked illegally
for four decades, receiving customers in a converted apartment on a
drug-ridden block deep in Alphabet City. In 1991, he relocated to
Newburgh, New York, just six years before the tattoo ban was lifted.
In 2003, DeVita stopped tattooing professionally, shifting his focus
to what he calls “creative rubbings”—acetate tattoo stencils placed
under thin paper and rubbed over with a dry medium. Borrowing from
the visual chaos of his urban upbringing, the kinetic execution of
mid-century painters like Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline, and the
simple, iconographic style of American tattooing, DeVita continues
to apply his designs to any surface that will take pigment—including
the floorboards of his Victorian home—enabling the show’s claim that
there will be “1,000 pieces of original art” for sale.
He’ll also be showing some of his most unusual work: the original
pieces of “flash,” painted in the 1970s, that hung on the walls of
his studio, illustrating for his clients the types of designs he
could apply. Traditionally, tattoo parlors display this imagery in
the manner of an art gallery—framed, and printed on archival paper—
but DeVita’s prized flash was painted on wooden slats salvaged from
discarded fruit crates.
This will be DeVita’s second show at Kings Ave. (His first show,
in January of 2013, was his first ever in New York City, and the
artist sold a total of 85 pieces to fellow tattoo artists and art
enthusiasts alike.) The tattooers Scott Harrison of Portland, OR,
and Bubba Reeves of Los Angeles, CA, will be accepting walk-in
tattoo appointments during the show. The show was organized by Chris
Grosso, a video producer at Vice, who profiled DeVita in several
episodes of the online channel’s “Tattoo Age” series.
Kings Ave Tattoo
188 Bowery, Second Floor
New York City
January 10th, 12 - 9 PM
and January 11th and 12th, 10:30am to 9pm
Curator: Chris Grosso
Links and further reading:
“Tattoo Age” with Thom DeVita
Thom DeVita’s online catalog
Essay by artist Nick Bubash
Kings Avenue Tattooing is happy to announce that Victor Kensinger will be joining our team. Victor is a gifted painter and tattoo artist originally from Spain and trained in Boston. He will be working at the N.Y.C. location on Fri, Sat and Sun. We look forward to working with him and invite you all to check him out by clicking on the link above. Anyone interested in setting something up with Victor please feel free to call the shop 212-431-5464
Also for those interested Skink Ink Fine Art Editions will be holding a show featuring the prints made from the paintings of Victor Kensinger. The major works in this show are individual pages from an unwritten graphic novel titled The Bird and the Whale. https://www.facebook.com/events/157377447727009/
Skink Ink Fine Art Editions
177 North 10th Street, Room G
Brooklyn NY 11211
917 536 8347
L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.
Title: The Bird and the Whale
Exhibition dates: June 8th - July 8th,
Gallery hours: 11am to 7pm,
Friday through Sunday
Reception: Friday, June 8th. 7pm to 9pm